Note: This program is suspended effective January 1, 2017. However, students who are currently enrolled may complete their courses this spring.
Occupational health and safety practitioners are on the front line of health promotion and injury prevention. It’s a career that fits self-directed individuals who want to make a difference—on the job and in the community.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner applied certificate program can provide or enhance career opportunities in federal, provincial or municipal government, in health care, education, natural resources, manufacturing, transportation, utilities, trades, construction and more.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner applied certificate program is offered at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Saskatoon Campus and through distance education. The program is designed for individuals looking to entry the OHS profession, those with industry or safety experience who want to expand their career opportunities, and for those focused on obtaining their Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) designation. The program will provide foundational knowledge and skills in:
Saskatchewan Polytechnic's OHS Practitioner applied certificate program is approved by the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (CRSP).
The applied certificate program consists of 5 theory-based courses and a unique 36-hour practicum with an OHS professional. The practicum gives you a hands-on, week-long look at the day-to-day operations of a workplace, its safety management system and the role of OHS professionals.
For more information, see Frequently Asked Questions.
Occupational Health and Safety is a career path with remarkable possibilities. As a graduate of Saskatchewan Polytechnic's OHS Practitioner applied certificate program, you’ll have the skills you need for a career with federal, provincial and municipal governments, mining and milling companies, oil and gas companies, health-care facilities, educational institutions, trades, construction and safety associations.
For more information, contact the Student Employment Services at the Saskatchewan Polytechnic's campus nearest you or visit www.healthcareersinsask.ca.
Start Date(s): 13 weeks (on campus); 1 year (online)
The program must be completed within 5 years. Students must take at least one course per academic year to be considered ongoing in the program. The program also includes a 36-hour practicum. NOTE: Certificate courses may be taken prior to or simultaneously in with Applied Certificate courses.
The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake.
Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year.
Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.
See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.
For individual course availability and costs, check the continuing education offerings for this program.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training. A detailed Candidate Guide, which includes a self-audit for all PLAR-ready courses, has been developed for this program. This information guides a candidate through all steps in the PLAR process.
Many Saskatchewan Polytechnic students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.
Transfer credit options vary over time; this information is subject to change. Transfer credit options for this program include:
Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. You don't have to be a brainiac to receive a student award. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.